Bipolar Disorder : A Psychological Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a psychological disorder in which a person alternates between being depressed to extremely happy and being cross or irritable. Bipolar disorder is also known manic-depressive illness. Bipolar disorder can cause shifts in energy, mood and activity level. This disorder can cause damage up to many things like relationships, jobs, school performance and even suicide. There are many treatments to bipolar disorder for those that have or are being affected.
Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of an elevated or agitated mood known as mania, usually alternating with episodes of depression (Myers, 2012). People who are maniac have a high energy level. Bipolar disorder affects at least 2.7% of the US population that over 18 (Bipolar Disorder Statistics, 2014). Most people get treatment for this disorder. Bipolar disorder can be divided min to several subtypes. Different types include: Bipolar I, Bipolar II and Cyclothymic disorder. People with bipolar I disorder experience mood swings that can affect their job or relationship. Manic episodes can be severe. Bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipolar I disorder. A person with Bipolar II can experience mood swings, but can normally function. People with bipolar II do not have full-blown mania. They have hypomania, which is less severe. In bipolar II, depression last longer than hypomania. Cyclothymic Disorder is a mild form of bipolar disorder. Hypomania and depression are not…
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